Embattled former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has stated that his request to have former President, Goodluck Jonathan as a witness in his corruption trial was not out of malice or ill-will.
Metuh, whose application for a subpoena against Jonathan was granted by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, is facing trial on allegations of receiving over N400 million from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in furtherance of Jonathan’s re-election campaign in 2015.
Why he wants Jonathan to testify: According to Metuh, he only needs the former President to corroborate his story of being innocent and clear him of all wrongdoing in the case.
“It was the need for corroboration of lack of mens rea on my part that led my lawyers to request for the evidence of the respected former President to assist them in proving my innocence,” he said.
No conspiracy involved: Metuh also dismissed claims that he was in cahoots with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to humiliate the former President; hence his request for the latter’s testimony.
“On the issue of conniving with the government against former President Goodluck Jonathan, it is inconceivable and completely ridiculous for anybody to think that I would for any reason betray or surrender myself to be used against President Goodluck Jonathan, for whom I have immense respect and served diligently, without any apologies, in and out of office. To what end will I conspire with the same set of people, who singled me out to be humiliated and openly handcuffed, while spreading all manner of malicious stories against me, most of which they even denied outright in court while others remain completely unsubstantiated?” Metuh asked.
On the allegations against him, Metuh said “I state unequivocally that I am completely innocent of the charge against me and therefore have no reason to negotiate with anybody to let me off a non-existent hook. I harbour no ill feeling or malice towards none as I believe that with time, justice will surely be done in my matter.”